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Marin Independent Journal
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 1985
Page 4


Bonaro Wilkinson Overstreet, a noted psychologist, lecturer and author and former longtime Mill Valley resident, died Sept. 3 of a stroke at the Manor Care nursing home in Arlington, Va.

She was 82.

Mrs. Overstreet and her late husband, Harry K. Overstreet, wrote “What We Must Know About Communism” and other best sellers.

She was born in Geyserville and graduated from t he University of California at Berkeley. She then moved to New York where she earned a master’s degree at Columbia University and shortly after married her husband.

The two moved to California in 1939 and lived in the state 18 years, much of the time in Mill Valley.

The two lectured and gained popularity in Marin as well as throughout the world. Their audience appeared to like their style, which was more of a conversation between husband and wife and their audience than a lecture.

For a time, the couple wrote a newspaper column called “Making Life Make Sense” which appeared in the Washington Post and other newspapers. Among their books were “Town Meeting Come to Town,” “The Mind Goes Forth” and “The Strange Tactics of Extremism.”

Mrs. Overstreet is the author of “Understanding Fear in Ourselves and Others” which had attracted widespread attention.

Mr. Overstreet died in 1970. Survivors include one stepson, Robert H. Overstreet of Suisun, Solano County, and 10 grandchildren.

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